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Analysis: Pelath in good position to lead otherwise powerless minority

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehosueFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – House Minority Leader Scott Pelath had a message for the business leaders, reporters and political leaders gathered last week for a preview of the 2015 legislative session. “I’m fine.” The Michigan City Democrat said he appreciated the expressions of concern he’d received from friends and Statehouse observers since Republicans […]

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Analysis: Pence builds resume even as he discounts presidential talk

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence sidestepped questions this week from conservative media mogul Steve Forbes about running for president but the conversation that emerged sounded very much like a resume for national office. Pence bragged on the state’s AAA credit rating, plugged recent tax cuts and predicted its private school voucher […]

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Commentary: A costly political education

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The late writer Minna Antrim uttered what amounts almost to a prophecy about this year’s election. “Experience is a good teacher, but she sends in terrific bills,” Antrim said. In the aftermath of the 2014 vote, partisans on both sides of the American political divide are in throes of […]

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Analysis: Democrats have big legislative hole to climb out of

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – So what’s the importance of a few more legislative seats when you already have a supermajority? The future. When Republicans added two more seats to their already huge majority in the House last Tuesday and three more to their huge majority in the Senate, they didn’t gain any real […]

Analysis: Voucher system needs open minds, good analyses

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Analysis: Voucher system needs open minds, good analyses

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More and more families are taking advantage of the state’s voucher program, which uses taxpayer funds to help low- and middle-income students attend private elementary middle and high schools across the state. This school year, some 29,000 kids are in private schools under the state’s four-year old program. That’s […]

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Commentary: Yard signs, guns and more political ironies

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The teacher told me about a time he’d gotten his hand slapped. We were at a conference for high school students. He told me he’d pulled into his school’s parking lot with a load of yard signs touting the political candidacy of a friend of his in the back […]

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Analysis: 3 takeaways from the Pew report on political polarization

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Americans on both ends of the political spectrum have at least a couple things in common: They are more likely to follow government and political news closely and then lead conversations with others about the topics. In fact, the 20 percent of people who are either far right or […]

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Analysis: School funding could be biggest debate of 2015 session

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A fascinating and important education debate is now brewing as the 2015 legislative session draws closer – and it’s not about testing or vouchers or even whether students should get a longer summer break. It’s about money. And it’s a discussion that could affect every school district across Indiana. […]

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Commentary: Malala, Nabila and the face of struggle

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com How do you solve the problem with Malala? How do you begin to pay adequate homage to this tiny pillar of prophetic courage while retaining the necessary reservations about celebrity politics and skepticism toward the Nobel establishment, the U.S. government, and their bundle of motives? You might consider Nabila. Nabila Rehman […]

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Commentary: Politicos turn to fear to motivate voters

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The ghost of Richard Nixon stalks this election. One of Nixon’s enduring legacies is the lesson, taught to him by his political mentor Murray Chotiner, that fear motivates voters more effectively than any other emotion. Make people scared, Tricky Dick understood, and you can drive them to the polls […]

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